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Bayer Strengthens Assam Healthcare System by Installing Oxygen Plant at Guwahati Medical College

On March 29, a medical-grade oxygen plant with a capacity of 500 LPM (litres of oxygen per minute) was dedicated to the people of Assam at the Cardiothoracic and Neuroscience Centre, Gauhati Medical College and Hospital.

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The government's goal is to provide inexpensive healthcare to every Assamese citizen
The government's goal is to provide inexpensive healthcare to every Assamese citizen

Bayer, a multinational corporation with core expertise in the life science disciplines of healthcare and agriculture, has established the oxygen plant at the hospital as part of its CSR project in collaboration with LabourNet. Keshab Mahanta, the state's Health and Family Welfare Minister, also attended the programme. 

With 2500 beds, GMCH is the largest tertiary care hospital in Guwahati, serving a population of over ten lakh people as well as patients from neighbouring regions. "The plant will offer a enough oxygen supply to fulfil the hospital's demand, allowing it to provide high-quality healthcare services to the community," the hospital said in a release on March 29.

The facility can create 202,500 litres of oxygen per year when run for 8 hours per day, which is equivalent to 1,800 oxygen cylinders.

"The government's goal is to provide inexpensive healthcare to every Assamese citizen, and it is equipping state-run hospitals with contemporary crucial equipment like oxygen plants to handle any future scenario," Mahanta explained.

Rachana Panda, vice-president and country head, Communications, Public Affairs, Sustainability, and CSE, Bayer South Asia, commented on the launch, saying, "Bayer has a long-standing reputation as a healthcare pioneer and is collaborating closely with multiple partners to enhance the country's public health infrastructure."

As part of this initiative, we are pleased to assist the Assam government in establishing critical health infrastructure, such as oxygen plants in public hospitals.

The oxygen plant will also help the government achieve its goal of providing low-cost, high-quality healthcare in rural and neglected areas. Aside from GMCH in Assam, Bayer has also established oxygen plants in Odisha's Sambalpur district, Karnataka's Raichur district, and Madhya Pradesh's Tikamgarh district.

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